§ Mr. Biffen
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will revise the categories of Women's Royal Voluntary Service work for which his Department agrees a mileage rate so that it can include taking visitors to hospital, in view of the impending closure of many small country hospitals and the closing of many rural bus and rail services.
§ Mr. Ennals:
The arrangements for provision by W.R.V.S. of transport for hospital visits are made locally between the local authority or hospital and the organiser of the Service. General extension of these arrangements would not be practicable, but if the hon. Member has in mind particular cases of hardship W.R.V.S. will always be ready to consider them.